Can you tell your therapist about your drug use?

Reta Pouros asked a question: Can you tell your therapist about your drug use?
Asked By: Reta Pouros
Date created: Tue, Apr 27, 2021 5:58 AM
Date updated: Sun, Jan 15, 2023 4:21 PM


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  • yes, you can tell your therapist about your drug use. therapists aren't suppose to recommend the type of prescriptions you may need to be have (I use to go to a therapist). Since they do not have contact with you psychiatrist you would probably be alright to tell them.

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I assume the question is asking if a therapist is required to report illicit drug use. The answer is no, a therapist cannot disclose this information to outside sources if it comes up in therapy. Many of my clients talk openly about drug use.

The chances are also fairly good that your therapist has no idea that you are using alcohol or drugs. Many therapists in private practice do not take complete drug and alcohol histories when doing...

You should tell them. But if you aren't open to the idea that your drug use IS impacting you negatively/linked to your issues I think you are probably not fully ready for treatment. Sometimes therapy is about making correlations you don't want to make in order to produce change. If you hold back, you often won't get the results your looking for.

It is possible that your therapist could tell your legal guardian. It is possible your therapist could write "ketamine usage" in your note and give you a related DX, which your parents might not find out about but could if they request your notes. It is possible your therapist might write "substance usage" but keep things vague.

Absolutely. It’s important for your doctor to know all of your medical history, including any prescription or recreational drugs. Some illicit drugs can interact with medications.

Confidentiality with a therapist isn’t absolute. If you talk about illegal activities, child, domestic or elder abuse or neglect, or wanting to harm yourself or others, the therapist may be...

For example, a woman might tell her therapist she's adhering to a recovery program and not drinking alcohol or abusing drugs, when in fact she's still mired in substance use disorder and is trying...

If you don’t feel you can trust your therapist– don’t tell them your secrets until you have resolved that issue. Now some of you have “trust issues.” You have trouble trusting anyone. Working with a counselor to learn to be more trusting should help that. So start by telling the counselor a small thing and see how that feels. You can work on the bigger things later on.

HIPAA allows your therapist to talk with your family about your mental health treatment in a variety of ways. If you are present and capable of making decisions and want your family to be involved...

Additionally, therapy may be working if you feel you do not need to be seen as regularly, your problems do not feel as urgent, or you generally feel better able to cope on your own. But it is ...

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